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Overview

This incisive reference systematically reviews the diagnosis and treatment of common surgical and medical emergencies in elderly patients-thoroughly examining surgical interventions, drug therapies and drug prescribing protocols, life-threatening drug reactions, ethical issues, and methods of profiling patients for nursing care.
Evaluates disease states and gauges optimal responses to each, supporting recommendations with valuable case studies.
Written by over 40 distinguished medical experts, Acute Emergencies and Critical Care of the Geriatric Patient

  • describes ideal patient-physician relationships in critical care settings
  • highlights emergency management of myocardial infarction and cardiogenic pulmonary edema
  • illuminates ethical questions surrounding confidentiality, informed consent, surrogate decision making, and patient comfort
  • assesses special pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic conditions in geriatric patients
  • provides vital information on stroke, seizures, and spinal cord compression
  • investigates critical complications caused by pneumonia, meningitis, and endocarditis
  • explores acute lung disorders such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, central nervous system dysfunction, and abnormal control of ventilation
  • clarifies preoperative procedures for emergency surgery
  • reviews anesthesia strategies for pulmonary, cardiovascular, renal, hepatic, and neurological conditions in the elderly
  • and more!
    Including over 1000 references, tables, and illustrations, Acute Emergencies and Critical Care of the Geriatric Patient is an indispensable resource for geriatricians, primary care physicians, internists, emergency medicine physicians, intensivists, hosptialists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, orthopedists, cardiologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and internists/residents in these disciplines, as well as nurses, pharmacists, and medical students.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This book is devoted to the acute problems of the elderly.
Purpose: Recognizing the shift toward an aging population, the editors intend to better equip practitioners dealing with these patients.
Audience: The geriatrician, internist, or intensivist treating the elderly patient is an appropriate audience for this work. Practitioners in multidisciplinary intensive care units may also benefit. The majority of authors are Los Angeles-based with association to UCLA and King-Drew medical centers.
Features: Four parts and 25 chapters are included in the 500 pages of this hardbound text. General content includes issues specific to treating the geriatric patient, especially basic drug dosing and nursing care. Surgical emergencies constitute the second group of chapters with general comments on anesthesia management, trauma, and abdominal and vascular problems. Medical emergencies are included in the third cluster of chapters while a in a fourth group of chapters issues specific to aging are addressed, including elder abuse and neglect. Chapters are written in a consistent outline form and ample use is made of black-and-white line drawings and tables, which reproduce well. Reference quantity with individual chapters is inconsistent but most references date to at least two to three years from the time of publication. References cited tend to represent original work. In the table of contents chapters are grouped as described above and contributors' names are listed. A detailed subject index of 30 pages concludes the book.
Assessment: This book fills an important niche as we come to grips with our aging society. Organization is insightful with early emphasis on factors which make the relationship between practitioner and patient unique in the geriatric population. At times, however, physiologic descriptions of disease are dated and proposed treatment strategies incomplete. Still, the impact of these limitations is insufficient to diminish my interest in this book.
Gerontology
"...clearly written and didactically well presented. "...recommended to all geriatricians."
David J. Dries
This book is devoted to the acute problems of the elderly. Recognizing the shift toward an aging population, the editors intend to better equip practitioners dealing with these patients. The geriatrician, internist, or intensivist treating the elderly patient is an appropriate audience for this work. Practitioners in multidisciplinary intensive care units may also benefit. The majority of authors are Los Angeles-based with association to UCLA and King-Drew medical centers. Four parts and 25 chapters are included in the 500 pages of this hardbound text. General content includes issues specific to treating the geriatric patient, especially basic drug dosing and nursing care. Surgical emergencies constitute the second group of chapters with general comments on anesthesia management, trauma, and abdominal and vascular problems. Medical emergencies are included in the third cluster of chapters while a in a fourth group of chapters issues specific to aging are addressed, including elder abuse and neglect. Chapters are written in a consistent outline form and ample use is made of black-and-white line drawings and tables, which reproduce well. Reference quantity with individual chapters is inconsistent but most references date to at least two to three years from the time of publication. References cited tend to represent original work. In the table of contents chapters are grouped as described above and contributors' names are listed. A detailed subject index of 30 pages concludes the book. This book fills an important niche as we come to grips with our aging society. Organization is insightful with early emphasis on factors which make the relationship between practitioner andpatient unique in the geriatric population. At times, however, physiologic descriptions of disease are dated and proposed treatment strategies incomplete. Still, the impact of these limitations is insufficient to diminish my interest in this book.
Booknews
Clinicians and researchers, many from the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, focus on approaches to diagnosing and treating the most commonly encountered medical and surgical acute emergencies and life-threatening conditions in elderly people. They also, however, consider such topics as prescribing drugs for critically ill patients and adverse life-threatening drug reactions, elder abuse, ethics, and nursing care of the critically ill elderly. Covering principles of geriatric critical care, surgical and medical emergencies, and special issues of aging, they detail the relevance of aging issues in the emergency department, emergency anesthesia, hip fracture patients, hypertensive crises, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, acute vision impairment or loss, hypothermia and hyperthermia, and other aspects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824703455
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Principles of Geriatric Critical Care

Relevance of Aging Issues in the Emergency Department
Anthony Kingsley
Ethics in Emergency Care of Critically Ill Patients
Elizabeth L. Cobbs and Joanne Lynn
Drug Dosing and Life-Threatening Drug Reactions in the Critically Ill Patient
Frances S. Wong and Jay P. Rho
Acute and Critical Nursing Care
Terry Fulmer, Ellen Flaherty, Melissa M. Bottrell, Kathy Fletcher, and Mathy Mezey

Surgical Emergencies

Emergency Preoperative Evaluation
Edward H. Livingston
Emergency Anesthesia
Calvin Johnson, Sharon Anita Ashley, and Stephen N. Steen
Traumatic Injuries
Arthur W. Fleming and Jo E. Linder
Critical Care of the Hip Fracture Patient
William T. Long and Earl Warren Brien
Acute Conditions of the Abdomen
David Vo and Samuel Eric Wilson
Acute Vascular Emergencies
J. Dennis Baker

Medical Emergencies

Management of Shock
Merlyn Asuncion and Vidya S. Kaushik
Cardiac Emergencies
Donald D. Tresch and Indu Poornima
Hypertensive Crises
Ronald L. Fong and Keith C. Norris
Acute Respiratory Failure
Darryl Y. Sue
Acute Renal Failure
Dean T. Yamaguchi
Alterations in Electrolytes and Acid-Base Homeostasis with Aging
Adebenga Adetola and Keith C. Norris
Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemia and Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Robert V. Hogikyan and Jeffrey B. Halter
Infectious Disease Emergencies
Shobita Rajagopalan and Deborah Moran
Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
Abbasi J. Akhtar
Neurological Emergencies
Michael E. Mahler
Psychiatric Emergencies
Indumathi Raghavan and L. Jaime Fitten

Special Issues of Aging

Acute Vision Impairment or Loss
Charles Wesley Flowers, Jr., and Glenville A. March, Jr.
Hypothermia and Hyperthermia
Arnel M. Joaquin
Diagnosis and Treatment of Abuse and Neglect in the Emergency Department
Cheryl E. Woodson
Acute Hospital Care: Future Directions
Robert M. Palmer

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